Success doesn’t seem to have clouded French band Phoenix’s minds. While their 2009 album was titled Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, tipping their hat to the famous composer, they named the follow-up simply Bankrupt! The title of the band’s fifth album, out tomorrow, is a nod to the beauty of failure, guitarist Christian Mazzalai says.
I once met an old Vietnamese revolutionary in Hanoi by the name of Le Quynh Van. “My sight is poor,” he told me, “because Frenchmen shone bright lights into my eyes during interrogations.” It turned out that Van led a jailbreak from Con Son island 62 years ago.